I recall hearing a rumour from a member at Valley heights last year that they had been told to cease all restoration efforts on 5711, does anyone know any more about this?
With the recent restoration of the mighty Garratt 6029, this proves that the big projects like restoring the four remaining steam giants of our state could be possible.
With the recent restoration of the mighty Garratt 6029, this proves that the big projects like restoring the four remaining steam giants of our state could be possible.A suitable workshop, not to mention a rich uncle with a bottomless supply of cash, would help a lot.
Would 5711 be a good working proposition? I have read that its high axle load and overall width meant it couldn't go beyond Wallerawang, Thirroul or Junee. Can somebody who has more knowledge comment on this?Similar problems were encountered with the garratt. Thanks to the wide carriages with our electric stock, all stations within the Ex Cityrail network would be cleared for the locomotive. Regarding weight, unless the grade of rail the state has been using has gone backwards since the 50's it would be completely fine.
A 57 or 58, like for instance 5711, should be able to anywhere that POTS like an 81 Class can go, based on axle loading. Loading gauge clearances are fine for most places. Curvature and tighter single line tunnels would be the biggest impediment to where it could go.Doesn't the AHRS in Canberra have the last 58 tender? Wouldn't that be a good replacement for the tender on 5711?
The people working on 5711 know that they can't touch the locomotive part until they've completed the tender.
Also let us remember, restoration = static exhibit. Overhaul = running locomotive.